No matter where the party is at tonight, you can always dream about these exotic ideas with an eye on the future. From renting a tropical island to a transatlantic voyage, we bring you the most exclusive ways to usher in the new year...
Rent a plush piece of paradise
For $230,000 (US dollars) per week, you can take a private yacht – or jet ski – off the young and restless crowds at Ibiza to head north to the Bay of San Miguel, to rent the gorgeousness that is Isla de sa Ferradura. A 14-acre private resort island, which took 10 years to develop, this sunny Mediterranean paradise comes equipped with a hacienda, kitchen, pool, bar and its very own wine bodega. Here you can enjoy the tropical woods and fireplaces in the North Salon, the classical white theme of the South Lounge, the marble-enrobed dining room and the stunning 20-foot waterfall by the pool. Where else could you walk a la (a particularly prosperous) Robinson Crusoe on sparkling sands one minute, only to bump into your butler the next... waiting to escort you to an Arabian tent for a decadent dinner under the stars!
Party with Manhattan royalty
Let plebeians gawk at the crystal-covered ball drop at Times Square; you’ll need serious inner circle influence to bag an invite to the toniest party in New York, at The Carlyle at Madison Avenue. While the black tie gala five-course dinner is elevated by the Peter Duchin Orchestra and the dancing, it’s the Carlyle Café and Bemelmans Bar where the ambience harks back to flapper-era glamour. With the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in permanent residence, they’ll be joined by regular Woody Allen on clarinet for a musical celebration unlike any other.
Charter a mega yacht
Mere mortals may hustle into dazzling mega-watt cruises, but it takes a connoisseur of the high seas to know the exclusivity of a privately charted yacht (compare ZARA to Chanel, if you will). Book a dream transatlantic blowout on a 10-night family trip from Barbados to Portugal on a Sea Dream yacht (). Round up your uber-glamorous brood for champagne soirees on teak decks, after hours spent on lush R&R at the spa, salon and pool... when you’re not luxuriating in your palatial suites! On-ground activities include Land Rover rides through charming Bridgetown and Atlantic towns like Bathsheba; cable cars up Monte Mountain to walk extravagant gardens with flutes of Madeira wine; circling Funchal Bay by helicopter and a chauffeur-driven Mercedes romp through Lisbon. Now that's the life!
A French rental to remember
For $5,000 (US dollars) a night, a luxury Airbnb rental on a chic Caribbean island may be just what the hedonist ordered. St. Barthélemy (aka St. Barts) is as sophisticated as they come, from the fashionable boutiques in its capital Gustavia, to the endless panorama of red-tiled private villas across the hillside and harbour. Book the ultra-luxe 16,000 square feet Villa Rockstar: the deal is sweetened by exemplary housekeeping, complete privacy (with its own coral beach) and a Michelin-starred restaurant just a languorous walk away.
Party with Jaipur’s swish set
It doesn’t get any more refined than ringing in the new year with the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur, who host an annual shindig at their residence – the Pink City’s jaw-dropping City Palace. Walking in through Rajendra Pol (Gateway of Princes) flanked by marble tuskers, onwards towards the Diwan-i-Khas is enough to make you feel truly aristocratic. Your hosts will include the royal family, namely Rajmata Padmini Devi and the luminescent Princess Diya Kumari. What better way to ring in the new year than being treated like royalty amongst real royals?
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